GIS - 18 June, 2014: An inventory of the Blue Bay Marine Park and educational materials on Marine protected areas were launched yesterday during a presentation workshop held at Flic en Flac by the Ministry of Fisheries in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility.
The objective of the inventory is to map the habitats of the Blue Bay Marine Park and to assess the biodiversity and also highlight a coral diversity of 108 species, 233 species of molluscs, 30 species of echinoderms and 38 species of algae that have been recorded. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are regulated in Mauritius and two marine parks and six fish reserves are proclaimed.
The workshop is also about demonstrating how combined action for healthier and productive oceans can drive sustainable growth while preserving our natural resources for future generations through educational materials on MPAs as they are special places designated to help protect and restore marine life and habitats in the ocean.
The Blue Bay Marine Park is a designated wetland of international importance on the Ramsar Convention on wetland. The park is a highly valued part of the national marine environment that supports a diverse array of marine life and habitats and also provides recreation and enjoyment, contributes to our quality of life and is of social, economic and ecological importance.
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